Indonesia, Germany highlight significance of multilateral cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and her German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel emphasized the significance of multilateral cooperation during a bilateral meeting in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday.

Minister Marsudi is in Germany for the first foreign affairs ministerial-level meeting of G20, the foreign ministry noted in a press statement here, Friday.

Germany, which chairs the G20 this year, initiated the ministerial-level meeting focused on "maintaining peace in a complex world."

The two ministers believed that the G20 ministerial-level meeting will contribute to creating a conducive environment for economic development.

The leaders shared a common view that international and multilateral cooperation are crucial for promoting peace, stability, and global welfare.

The G20 meeting in Bonn is expected to help boost the spirit of establishing multilateral cooperation to deal with common challenges.

Germany is Indonesias major partner in Europe.

The trade balance between Indonesia and Germany had reached US$6.1 billion in 2015.

Germanys investment in Indonesia had reached $133.2 million in 310 projects in 2016.

As many as 117,883 German tourists had visited Indonesia during the January-July 2016 period.(*)